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The Last Blog Ron Goodlin President It is truly hard to imagine the year has come and gone, and it has happened in a flash. At the beginning of the year, I outlined that this will be a year of change, and that it was. We were hoping for a lot more of some changes and a lot fewer of others that have confronted us, however we were able to roll with the punches and keep our focus. The changes we experienced have given way to a fresh start. We accomplished many things. Of course, as predicted, we were [...]

Time is flying by!

It is hard to believe that Christmas holidays are behind us and we already find ourselves at the end of January. As I look ahead towards the last three months of my presidency, I am amazed at how quickly the time has flown by, and I am proud at what we, your leadership, have already accomplished. Yet I also reflect on what is still to be done. I trust that what remains of the work our committees have been trying to achieve will be completed by the time we get together in Seattle in April, while other issues will [...]

It's that time of year!

The crisp autumn air and the changing colour of the leaves indicates the change of seasons, and that is so appropriate as we deal with the changing trends that Dentistry is faced with. It is time for our Fall Board of Directors meeting. We are all very excited about the work we are doing and the impact it will have to benefit the members of the Academy. The entire Board of Directors will be heading to Madison for meetings that will go until the end of the weekend to discuss the changing trends, and what we as a Board [...]

Shopping for School Supplies

The end of August always signaled the time when we would go shopping for school supplies, putting us on notice that the summer was over and marking the beginning of the new school year. This was historically the time we geared up for another year of studies, rolling up our sleeves and getting to work. At the AACD, this is both correct and incorrect. The Board of Directors (BOD) and the committees that serve the BOD, have held an unprecedented number of meetings and activity in order to fulfill their directives this summer, and so we have not seen [...]

Japan Trip a Huge Success

Japan is an amazing and wonderful country. The people are so polite and welcoming and we can learn a lot from their service-oriented and respectful culture. There is not a speck of garbage anywhere, not a cigarette butt or a wrapper of any kind. There are no garbage cans on any street as people consider it rude to eat or drink while walking on the street. Smoking is prohibited except for designated smoking areas. Always well dressed, the men will almost always wear a suit and tie, no matter how hot the weather. The polite bow when greeting someone [...]

Fun and Frolic in Madison Wisconsin

Getting ready for the June Board meetings, it was time to pack. Luggage is getting larger from the days when I could throw in a pair of jeans and few t-shirts and head off to the airport. Now there are file folders, suits and ties (OMG!), and on this particular day, 23 stuffed toy beavers to give out to the staff in Madison. The customs agent raised a few eyebrows and pointed to the secondary inspection line…”You got some 'splanin to do, Lucy!” After a 30-minute session where U.S customs verified this Canadian’s claim to being President of the [...]

It's a roller coaster ride!

After the accolades and success of the scientific session in DC, the personal note from Canada's Prime Minister, knowing that all was running smoothly and full steam ahead, I knew the shoe would have to drop. Now I find myself the subject of my very own personal country and western song, as our beloved pet Shih Tzu succumbed to cancer. It is so hard to let go of someone or something we love! The painful emptiness one feels is only something that will dull over time until we can find comfort in the fond memories we hold so close [...]

Imagine my Surprise!

I received a special delivery package. One that I didn't recognize, it wasn't your usual Purolator or UPS package. Inside was a white envelope from the Prime Minister of Canada's office, and inside was a personal letter of congratulations to me from the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, wishing me a productive term of office.....WOW! This sends a clear message of the importance and the far reaching effect of this Academy. The Respect we have and the influence our academy exudes is something we often take for granted. We should all be so proud of our [...]

My First week as President!

The AACD annual Scientific Session in Washington was a resounding success. The vibe was positive and exciting, the programs ran like clockwork and everyone is still talking about the opening reception at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History....our very own night at the Museum! WOW! Congratulations to the entire staff for putting on such an incredible event. When one looks behind the scenes to see how much planning, work and effort goes into this huge undertaking, one realizes that this is just one small piece of the puzzle that is the huge international scope of the AACD. I am [...]

It's Wild Wednesday!

Last night' leadership dinner was the best ever! Great warmth and cameraderie and the venue, food and even the speeches were fantastic. This morning started with a town hall meeting that did not meet the desired result of providing a forum to link with membership so we need to promote this better for next year! At noon the new mber reception was so exciting! Everyone so full of excitemt and enthusiasm... I felt right at home!!!! In a frw minutes the terrific trio of Garber, Coacman andd Van Doeren will have a three hour panel discussion that brings three [...]

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